Safety Bulletin Issued for Ruger Precision Rifle

The company has said a small number of rifles could have a problem with the aluminum bolt shroud interfering with the firing mechanism.

The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the company's most popular bolt-action rifles.
The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the company's most popular bolt-action rifles.mfg photo

Ruger has announced what it’s calling a “safety bulletin” regarding certain Ruger Precision Rifles, one of it’s most popular bolt-action lines.

The press releases issued by the company says that some Ruger Precision Rifles may experience interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece, also know as the firing pin back.

According to Ruger, in the rare instance where this occurs, the intereference disrupts the firing mechanism and causes it to not function properly.

This could potentially lead to light primer strikes, or in extreme cases, the rifle might not fire at all when the trigger is pulled.

Here’s the big problem: if that happens, the rifle may fire when the bolt handle is lifted, as one would do in the event of a misfire.

On a small percentage of rifles are affected.
On a small percentage of rifles are affected.mfg photo

However, the company says, in the few rifles where the condition exists, the issue resolves itself as the parts wear, reducing interference. If a rifle has had 100 rounds or more fired through it with no issues, it’s unlikely one will arise.

Ruger says the bulletin applies to rifles that have an aluminum bolt shroud an fall within the serial number ranges of 1800-2674 to 1800-78345 or 1801-00506 to 1801-30461 are potentially affected.

No injuries have been reported and Ruger is offering to replace the aluminum bolt shrouds on affected rifles at no charge.

This safety notice does not apply to Ruger Precision Rifles with a polymer bolt shroud.

If you own a rifle that falls within the serial numbers above, go here and use the lookup tool to see if yours is, indeed, affected.